SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4492In Changing China, Being 'Suicided' Or 'Harmonized' March 19, 20TimF-last Friday
4491This sounds like a variant of Pigeon/Pigin English, which my father learned in NValuepro-last Friday
4490The Government Campaign to Get Rid of Singapore’s Unofficial Language Singlish, TimF-last Friday
4489The evolution of Eurish by Tyler Cowen February 13, 2018 OverTimF-April 13
4488How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained by DTimF1April 11
4487Did you hear about the woman named Diana who accidentally killed her CPU collecTimF-9/21/2017
4485‘How wirelessly to hack’ — split that infinitive The Volokh Conspiracy opinion BTimF-1/6/2017
4484“I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that’s it.” -CTom Clarke-1/2/2017
4482Good article. I'll have to keep those points he makes in the back of my mindStan-8/8/2016
4481Finger-Pointing, Trouble-Saving, and Pussyfooting In an earlier Lingua Franca TimF18/8/2016
4480The National Weather Service has adopted upper and lower case for its forecasts,Sr K-4/13/2016
4479Good to know, thank you. I was always capitalizing internet because I consideredJ.F. Sebastian-4/5/2016
4478I was wondering when e-mail became email. 2011.Sr K-4/4/2016
4477AP Style alert: Don’t capitalize internet and web anymore poynter.orgTom Clarke24/4/2016
4476Some "vandal" is going to come along with a piece of chalk and correctStan-1/3/2016
4475"your beautiful" as marketing campaign: languagelog.ldc.upenn.edusoftware salesperson-1/3/2016
4474My favorite is when someone responds to an Internet comment they don't agreeStan-1/1/2016
4473Haha. Usually the mistake you see these days is using "your" when it sJ.F. Sebastian-1/1/2016
4472His handy daily affirmation will work until the moment he learns what's realStan-1/1/2016
4471That twit deserves it. It's not as if the tattee didn't see what was goSmoothSail-1/1/2016
4470Too bad there isn't a 15 minute editing time for tattoos. "Stay strongStan-1/1/2016
4469I did not know there was a 27th letter of our alphabet - the ampersand. blog.diStan-12/22/2015
446810/23/2015 wired.comSr K-11/9/2015
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